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Youth Orbit

For decades, MCI has hosted the Youth Orbit event as an invitation for youth from across the province and beyond to come together to embrace their faith, connect with others, learn, grow, and have fun.

The mission of Youth Orbit is to empower our youth to ignite their faith and make it real and known. Our youth need us to encourage, teach, and invest in them. Our goal is to be intentional about creating opportunities for our teenagers to grow, thrive and experience God’s love and plan for their lives.  

Worship is a key aspect of all Youth Orbit events, and a highlight for many. Our services will always be led by those who are focusing on a spirit-lead, Christ centered experience.

The event is filled with group activities, sports/games, worship, teaching, a prayer room, great food and fun!

Youth Orbit Encounter – April 6th

After the success of our Youth Orbit conference in January, we are pleased to offer a single-day event, Encounter, on April 6th at Mennonite Collegiate Institute! There will be powerful speakers and worship, games, great food and the best people. All the goodness of Youth Orbit condensed into a single day!  We hope you can join us!


  • April 6th, 2024 from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Encounter is open to youth gr.7-12
  • Price: $35.00
  • To register as a group, please email [email protected]  For groups over 6 people, we can make your registration easier and offer a media package to share with your church/community
  • Our guest speaker is Daniel Fewster, Associate pastor of Maranatha Church in Niverville. Daniel is a passionate speaker with a heart for teens, and a desire for each person to know and feel the power of Christ in their lives through relationship and biblical teaching.
Focus verse: Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”


Where is the event?

Youth Orbit is hosted on the Mennonite Collegiate Institute campus (466 Mary Street, Gretna Manitoba) It’s a quick and easy drive straight south of Altona. For more information, learn about our campus at www.mciblues.net 

Who can come?

Students currently in Grade 7-12.

For overnight guests - Where will I sleep?

Youth will stay in our gender-specific dorms where they have a shared dorm with a bed, full washroom (including shower), mod lounge and a cozy space to call home for the weekend. (All overnight guests will be registered on a first come first served basis.) Accessible options will be available upon request. 

NEW! For Saturday guests (not staying overnight) - Bus route available

We can pick you up! We will drop off at these same locations after the event. (Spots must be booked in advance) 8:00am – Westside Church, Morden 

8:20am – Walmart, Winkler 

8:45am – South Park Church, Altona

What do I need to bring?

  • Clothes including comfy clothes for gym games (clothing with inappropriate graphics or language will not be permitted)
  • Jacket for potential outdoor activities
  • Indoor Shoes
  • Bible
  • Journal/Pen
  • Spending cash for canteen or YO Merch (optional)
  • Your friends!

If you are joining us for the overnight experience, please bring the following: ● Pillow 

  • Sleeping Bag or Blanket & sheet (mattresses will be in dorms for each youth) ● Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shower Supplies (including a towel)

Will there be First Aid on site?

Yes. We will have a First Aid Centre located at the center of our facility. Email us with any further questions you may have at [email protected]

Where will we eat? Do we need to bring money for food?

The majority of the meals will be served in our spacious dining hall (with some exceptions to other locations as needed). If you

have dietary restrictions, please let us know in your registration form. We will do our best to accommodate everyone. All meals and snacks (besides canteen) are included in the registration fee. 

Is there WIFI and a Cell Phone Policy?

MCI/Youth Orbit High offers WIFI access on the school campus for guests. All device usage is the responsibility of the attendee. MCI will not actively monitor device usage during the event.

Disciplinary Consequences & Procedure

Potential Disciplinary Actions – In the event that a student has broken the trust, or code of conduct (as outlined at www.mciblues.net), disciplinary action will be taken. It’s important to note that our goal is to restore relationships of trust and turn discipline into an opportunity for learning. 

Rules and Guidelines

The following will result in immediate action. 

  • Illegal Activity: In the case that participants are involved in any illegal activity (ie. Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons etc.) on MCI campus or at any MCI functions, it will result in immediate removal from the event. Any student caught smoking/vaping or in possession of tobacco/vape products on campus will be subject to discipline.
  • Property Damage: Any participants that intentionally damage school property will be expected to pay the full cost of repair.
  • Harming Others: Any participants that intentionally harms a fellow student will be subject to removal.
  • Entering the Opposite Sexes Dormitory: Any student found entering, hosting, or assisting an opposite gender visitor will result in immediate removal.

What does it cost?

It is a free event!

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